Mark is the former singer of Miracle Legion. That band lasted a long time and did great things. His next band was Polaris. They wrote the music for tv show ‘The Adventures of Pete & Pete’. Polaris never really existed outside the television but there is an album. Mark’s solo career began with Fathering – an album that received loads of praise and featured the song Hey Self Defeater, featured in Nick Hornby’s 31 Songs. From there followed albums ‘Smilesunset’ and ‘In Pursuit Of Your Happiness’. Some eps’ and singles in there as well.So many tours later he stopped everything and stayed home. Many of his long-time fans banded together to record an album of his songs in tribute to Mark’s wife. The result was Ciao My Shining Star, featuring the likes (yes,the likes) of JM Stipe, T. Yorke, A. Yorke, Frank Black, Hayden, Ben Kweller, Josh Rouse, The Great Vic Chesnutt, Dinosaur Jr., Juliana Hatfield and The National. Lot’s of other lovelies too. So many. Thanks everybody.
Mark has written several tragic comic operas with the cartoonist Ben Katchor. It’s music played in front of projected cartoons. He likes bicycles, trolley cars and summertime. He likes his band too-Ken Maiuri (Pedro the Lion,Young at Heart Chorus) and Henning Ohlenbusch (School for the Dead).
‘Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You’ is the next and newest record. Now signed to Fire Records, Mark is back to making music and playing live.
Reviews for Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You
“One of American music’s most deserving-and one of its most puzzlingly underappreciated singer-songwriters” – The New Yorker
“At appears Mulcahy’s been busy reinventing himself as a Lou Reedesque street poet. Rich with broken yet proud hustlers, it’s gritty urban dramas never became too heavy-hearted, the breezy tunes blowing through like prime Jonathan Richman.” – Mojo (4 Stars)”A set of lean and seductively freewheeling, vaguely alt-country toned pop songs with a knockabout cool and great arrangements, that show off the singer’s trademark, wryly reflective lyrics to a T.” – Uncut
“Melodic, funny and strange” – Mail on Sunday (4 Stars)